After a two-year effort with volunteer assistance, NYSILC staff and the Public Policy Committee are pleased to announce the completion of the 2020 NYSILC Presidential Post-Election Survey Report.

Respondents randomly participated in the confidential, non-partisan poll to analyze the voting trends and practices of New Yorkers with disabilities compared to those without disabilities between November 4th to December 4th, 2020, via Survey Monkey. When possible comparisons were made to the 2016 survey results.

In retrospect, the council and New York IL network were at the forefront of ensuring access to voting 15-20 years ago. In the evidence brought forward by the State Board of Elections in an Article 78 action by NYSILC, the state claimed voting access was unnecessary because they had records of only 2,500 (approximate) voters with disabilities statewide (these were absentee ballots). Our network fought hard for physical and voting machine access as noted in the documentary, HAVA: The Long Round to a Fundamental Right

 At the end of the documentary, the question is asked, will we turn out to vote? Facing continued attitudinal barriers to our fundamental rights was nothing new, but the disability community continued to turn out to vote in numbers over the next decade. Voting practices have been enhanced and improved in the state with some needing extension.

The 2020 post-election survey report establishes voting trends and practices for New Yorkers with disabilities and recommends areas for growth in future years.

NYSILC is proud to announce the class of 2022 inductees for this year’s New York State Disability Rights Hall of Fame. This year we’ll be honoring five new inductees who have made lifelong achievements which positively impact people with disabilities in society. The class of 2022 will be:

Bernard Carabello
Susan Dooha
Judy Heumann
Sally Johnston
Janice Lintz

This year we will be inducting our 5 new members into our Hall of Fame during our hybrid in-person and virtual event on May 12th, 2022. Join us either in person at the Marriott Hotel on Wolf Road in Albany or virtually via our Zoom livestream. Stay tuned for our upcoming announcement when tickets go on sale!

For more information visit our page here: https://nysilc.org/hof

To read our inductee's bios, visit the link here: https://nysilc.org/inductees/32-2022

NYSILC’s next Full Council Meeting will take place on Friday, January 28th, 2022 from 10 am – 1 pm. The meeting will be held on Zoom video conferencing. The meeting is open to the public, but due to security concerns using online video conferencing, we request that any members of the public who would like to participate and join our meeting contact us ahead of time for the meeting invite. Our contact us page can be found here: https://nysilc.org/contact-us

 Please let us know in the message if you need an interpreter and/or captioner during the meeting.

The agenda for the meeting is available at the calendar/event webpage link later this week: https://nysilc.org/component/dpcalendar/event/59

We look forward to having you join us. Thank you!

NYSILC’s next Full Council Meeting will take place on Friday, October 29th, 2021 from 10 am – 12:30 pm. The meeting will be held on Zoom video conferencing. The meeting is open to the public, but due to security concerns using online video conferencing, we request that any members of the public who would like to participate and join our meeting contact us ahead of time for the meeting invite. Our contact us page can be found here: https://nysilc.org/contact-us

 Please let us know in the message if you need an interpreter and/or captioner during the meeting.

The agenda for the meeting is available at the calendar/event webpage link: https://nysilc.org/component/dpcalendar/event/58

We look forward to having you join us. Thank you!

Please find below the link for online registration for disaster assistance for the declared areas for New Jersey and New York. The agency understands that some individuals and families will be unable to use the website due to a lack of internet capability or hardware. If you are aware of any individuals, families, households, or communities that are unable to access this information please contact the FEMA Region 2 Disability Integration Team and they can help collaborate to get those individuals registered for disaster assistance.

Register for Disaster Assistance

 

Please find below the link for an accessible 9/6 NJ/NY ASL Declarations Video

New Jersey and New York Major Disaster Declarations September 6, 2021

 

Thanks,

Region 2 Disability Integration Team

 

One of NYSILC’s council members, Kathryn (Katy) Carroll, has been awarded the National Council on Independent Living’s Regional Advocacy Award! You can read the full story from NCIL below.

Washington, D.C. – On July 21, 2021, the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) announced the winners of its 2021 Advocacy Awards during its Annual Conference on Independent Living. We are thrilled to announce that Kathryn Carrol, Esq. of New York State was announced as the Region 2 Advocacy Award winner.  Region 2 encompasses New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Kathryn is a lawyer who has dedicated her career thus far to promoting, improving, and advocating for the inclusion of people with disabilities and accessibility in international human rights programs, employment, transportation, education, culture and recreation, and healthcare. She has served various organizations in their disability rights-related work, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Burton Blatt Institute, United Nations, Not Dead Yet, and Caring Majority Rising. Most recently, she has focused on access to long-term services and supports by disabled people and improving home- and community-based services. Lately, Kathryn has enjoyed volunteering as a member of grassroots direct-action organizations like the Poor People’s Campaign and National ADAPT in our work to secure just and adequate COVID19 relief and support for poor and disabled people.

Kathryn also devotes her time to mentorship and causes meaningful to her. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the New York State Independent Living Council, serves on the Board of EmpowHer Network, and recently started a new position with the Association on Aging in New York.  Kathryn values and promotes mentoring through the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH) and legal-profession groups.

Kathryn’s advocacy and activism impacts lives across New York and our country. Her steadfast passion for civil and social justice inspires upcoming leaders and shapes our future as a community.

To see the 2021 NCIL Awards Ceremony in full and meet the award winners from other Regions, please CLICK HERE.